Saturday, April 1, 2017

Today in Country Music History...April 1, 2017


Dierks Bentley performs at The Station Inn in Nashville, where he has two surprise guests: Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, who covers Buck Owens' "Act Naturally"

Miranda Lambert is a double-winner in the 47th annual Academy of Country Music awards, taking Female Vocalist and Album of the Year, for "Four The Record," during the CBS telecast from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena

MCA releases George Strait's album "Troubadour"

Eric Church makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. Church performs his debut single, "How 'Bout You," then segues into the Lead Belly song "Black Betty"

Garth Brooks makes the cover of Rolling Stone, where he defends his stance on homosexuality and interracial marriage in "We Shall Be Free": "I do believe that God exists. I do believe in the Bible. But I can't see that loving somebody is a sin"

George Strait commands the #1 position on the Billboard country chart with "Baby's Gotten Good At Goodbye"

Hillary Scott is born in Nashville. The daughter of Linda Davis, she becomes the female voice in Lady Antebellum, a harmony-based trio noted for such hits as "Need You Now," "I Run To You," "Downtown" and "American Honey"

Mark Herndon joins Alabama as the band's drummer

Billy Dean is born in Quincy, Florida. He tells people his birthday is April 2nd, so they won't think of him as an April Fool. He nets a series of smooth hits in the 1990s, including "Somewhere In My Broken Heart," "Billy The Kid" and "Only The Wind"

Jim Ed Brown is born in Sparkman, Arkansas. After coming to prominence with his two sisters in The Browns, he launches a solo career that nets a classic in 1967 with "Pop A Top," then strings together seven Top 10 duets with Helen Cornelius. The Browns join the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015

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